Reader supplied informationDear group,
You might be interested to know that in San Francisco, you can find out the number of an open line by calling the operator on 222-2222 and telling her you are from frames on an ESS 392 number and what is the number please.
They are requiring all operators who raise from the ranks to another gig to view several interesting films including one where wittle itty bitty animated pencils talk to one another about "My operator didn't care for me, she chewed on me and I won't last too long", but the general gist of the films is that you can and will be fired for illegal possesion of ONE Ma Bell Pencil, and that the official communications secrecy act can get you shipped off to Siberia for telling anyone little things about the phone company or it's equiptment.
Real big brother indoctrination techniques.
Another interesting thing out on this coast was that after they spent an ungodly sum to a mathmetician to develope that "-new" credit card code the Barb had it printed in about 2 weeks. One phone VP storme around the SF office swearing and talking about getting even with that "hippie newspaper".
Good luck, and may you have a cheap but good attorney. S. F. San Fran.
In many areas, operators manually place 800 (Wats) calls, and think you are signalling them when you beep and their switchboard lamp winks. So when that happens try calling long distance information instead. Often the operator(local) stays on a second, so ask for a name, & when you hear local operator leave the line, beep off.
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